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Gainesville Dentist for Bridges

Dental Bridges in Gainesville, FL

Dental bridges are a natural-looking solution for a missing tooth or several missing teeth. At Van Dyke General & Implant Dentistry, all of our bridges are custom-made to fit each patient so there are no gaps or uncomfortable pressure placed on surrounding teeth. A great fitting bridge can not only hide a missing tooth but restore natural coloring to the area while improving your bite relationship.

A bridge is used to cover the gap created by a missing tooth. Generally, the bridge is secured to abutment teeth, or teeth that are located on either side of the gap.

While we strive to make every bridge as comfortable as possible, some patients may experience some slight discomfort for the first few days after receiving the bridge. We recommend eating soft food during the first few days after having a bridge put in place. However, you should be back to eating any food you like within a week.

Types Of Bridges

Bridges can be made from metal, gold, alloys or porcelain. We offer three types of bridges based upon the needs of our patients.

1. Cantilever Bridges:

When just a single abutment is able to be used to secure the bridge, a cantilever bridge is ideal.

2. Maryland-Bonded Bridges:

This type of bridge is comprised of teeth made out of plastic or resin and reinforced with a metal frame. Using pieces of metal, the bridge is secured to teeth on both sides of the bridge.

3. Traditional Bridges:

Traditional bridges are the most popular and the most readily available bridges. A traditional bridge relies on two abutment teeth plus at least one pontic tooth. We create our traditional bridges using a system of fused metal and porcelain for a strong and long-lasting solution. Traditional bridges also give you the most natural looking solution.

Gainesville Dental Bridges

Gainesville Dentistry & Dental Bridges

We offer dental bridge procedures at our Lake Butler and Gainesville dental offices for the convenience of our patients. The procedure is relatively simple and can usually be completed in two visits. During the first visit, we prepare the teeth that are located on either side of the bridge and make impression molds. You may be fitted for a temporary bridge until the laboratory creates your permanent bridge. When you return, we ensure that the bridge fits snugly but not uncomfortably. Depending on the type of bridge you get, the material from which it is made, and its placement, checkups and maintenance may be necessary.

If you are worried about the way your smile looks, or if you are experiencing changes to the spacing of your teeth, due to a missing tooth, then a dental bridge can be the solution for a healthy and happy mouth. Schedule your appointment with a Gainesville dentist at Van Dyke General & Implant Dentistry today.

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